Indonesia Etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation. By Elizabeth Pisani


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Originally posted on Indonesia Rising:

6/23/2014 / The Economist


The road ahead

Decoding a nation of 13,466 islands, 360 ethnic groups and 719 languages

Jun 21st 2014 | From the print edition

Indonesia Etc: Exploring the

Improbable Nation. By Elizabeth Pisani.

Norton; 404 pages; $26.95. Granta; £18.99.

ON JULY 9th the Indonesian presidential election will pit a charismatic, down-to-earth,

former furniture-maker against a retired general dogged by allegations of past human-rights abuses.

The military man is Prabowo Subianto, the former son-in-law of Suharto, the country’s one-time

dictator. If, as (just) seems likely, the former businessman, Joko Widodo, wins, then for the first time

since Suharto fell 16 years ago, Indonesia will be led by someone from outside its entrenched elite.

It is a remarkable story, but one that will probably soon pall abroad. Talk of the world’s

fourth-most populous country, as Elizabeth Pisani notes in her new book, tends to provoke

“a mildly panicked look in…

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